Hagerty: Government funding bill highlights everything that’s wrong with Washington

March 10, 2022

WASHINGTON—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Funding bill:

“The process of drafting and negotiating this government funding package highlights everything that’s wrong with Washington. This work should have been completed last summer in a careful and transparent manner. Instead, it was negotiated in secret and released in the middle of the night, with no meaningful opportunity for review, and this 2,700-page bill funds virtually the entire federal government in one fell swoop. This is legislative malpractice. Americans are facing three major challenges right now: soaring inflation, record-high gas prices, and a wide-open southern border. Yet, this bill unnecessarily increases social spending by billions of dollars, fails to take the steps necessary to reclaim American energy independence, and falls woefully short of providing the necessary resources to combat record-breaking illegal immigration.”